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The Fortunate Pilgrim Audiobook

The Fortunate Pilgrim

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Publisher's Summary

Before The Godfather and The Last Don, Mario Puzo wrote The Fortunate Pilgrim, a novel many believe to be one of the classics of Italian-American fiction. In this special edition, Mario Puzo's legions of fans will discover a different side of this legendary author, writing for the first time about an Italian family in which a woman holds the power.

Lucia Santa has traveled 3,000 miles of dark ocean, from the mountain farms of Italy to the streets of New York, hoping for a better life. Instead, she finds herself in Hell's Kitchen, in a bad marriage, raising six children on her own. As Lucia struggles to hold her family together, her daughter confronts the adult world of work and romance while her eldest son is drawn into the Mafia. Meanwhile, her youngest son aspires to American pursuits she cannot understand.

©2004 Mario Puzo; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Puzo has called this 1965 pre-Godfather novel his personal favorite of his oeuvre.....This 'very colorful and perceptive novel' remains 'highly readable' for today's audience." (Library Journal)

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    bethany SALEM, NH, United States 12-22-10
    bethany SALEM, NH, United States 12-22-10 Member Since 2015

    birds and more birds

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    "excellent book & more so for the narrator"

    this book is just amazing, funny & truly charming..i listen to a great deal of audio & i can not imagine this book read by another narrator.


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    J.C.D. 09-21-17
    J.C.D. 09-21-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent bittersweet story of Italian immigrants"
    Would you listen to The Fortunate Pilgrim again? Why?

    At some point - yes. There were many details about the struggles and lives of immigrants during the depression that I would like to revisit.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The mother. She took no prisoners.


    What does John Kenneth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His movement from one character to another was seamless.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The death of the son. Two husbands had already been buried, but the death of the son was the most devastating.


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    Joange Rice, VA, United States 09-17-17
    Joange Rice, VA, United States 09-17-17 Member Since 2013
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    "One of My Least Favorite Books!"

    I'm definitely in the minority here. I found this book a total waste of time. None of the characters were interesting - most were a miserable, complaining lot. The story was grim with little hope or humor. Maybe one needs to be of Italian descent and/or from NYC. As I'm not in any of these categories, the read left me wondering why I listened to the end. The narrator drove me nuts - too much expression. So a one-star listen in my opinion.

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    Kindle CustomerRosemary 09-16-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Immigrants in the Land of Opportunity"

    This is the story of Italian immigrants and their quest of the American dream. A family's hopes and dreams were a struggle and the temptations of life...money, alcohol, and lust sometimes ended in grief, sickness and death....yet they continued their struggle to make their way in America.

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    Amazon Customer 05-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "must read"

    Mario Puzo's hidden jewel. must read. the story is timeless and much more relatable in today's world

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    Derek Ealy Redondo Beach, CA USA 04-21-16
    Derek Ealy Redondo Beach, CA USA 04-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "It was ok"

    Maybe my experience rations were too high considering he was the author of The Godfather

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    Felice Stadlinger 04-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellently written and vastly entertaining"

    Not as well-known as the blockbuster Godfather series but memorable well-written well developed characters that speak to the immigrant experience. I saw and felt my own Italian immigrant story in this book. Highly recommended.

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    Amazon Customer rochester, NY, United States 02-19-13
    Amazon Customer rochester, NY, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Puzo's Best"
    Any additional comments?

    If you are an Italian-American of a certain age, this story resonates with bits and pieces of history and culture you've heard your whole life. A premiere storyteller, who brings every character to life with a vibrant honesty and recognition of the human condition. I was a little disappointed with the narrator's "Italian" accent; I think this would have been improved by authenticity in that department.

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    Brooke Bradley 12-07-16
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    "Wonderful, amazing, must read/listen!!! obsessed!"

    So beautifully written. Brings every emotion possible out in the best way possible. Must read!

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful

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